The most exciting news in pop culture this past week was the reveal that Rosario Dawson has been cast as a live action Ahsoka Tano for the second season of The Mandalorian! Even if Hollywood was still up and running like normal, this would still be the most exciting news for me! Ahsoka is a great character, Rosario is a great actor, and The Mandalorian is a great show!
So who else should make the jump from cartoon to live action Star Wars?
This is all about synergy. Obviously the Star Wars movies are incredibly popular, but there’s an even bigger world of bonus cartoon and comic material churning away under the Disney umbrella: The Clone Wars, Rebels, Resistance, a whole heck of a lot of Marvel comics, even more novels, and a video game or two. Before this upcoming Ashoka appearance, we already had Saw Gerrera jump from The Clone Wars to Rebels to the film Rogue One. As a Star Wars fan, this sort of thing is thrilling, and I want to see more of it!
As a rule, I’m going to restrict my list to characters who have appeared in Disney products. There are a million Legacy/Expanded Universe characters out there, and Disney is not likely to use them. So I’m going to limit my ideas to six in-Disney-canon Star Wars characters that I want to see make the jump into full-on live action, whether it be in a new film, The Mandalorian or one of the other upcoming live action projects!
Join me after the jump! And feel free to share your hopes and dreams in the comments!
As if The Mandalorian couldn’t get any better! Word broke today that Ahsoka Tano will make the jump to live action for the upcoming second season, and she will be played by Rosario Dawson! Slashfilm broke the news, and it’s been confirmed by the likes of Variety.
Oh man, this is just the coolest news!
If you’ve never heard of Ahsoka Tano, she’s this badass rogue Jedi that was introduced in The Clone Wars cartoon as the padawan of Anakin Skywalker. Before turning to the Dark Side, Anakin was a full-on Jedi teacher and had this scrappy young padawan. Ahsoka’s story was pretty great (and is continuing in the new season 7, currently coming out on Disney+), and she ended the series in limbo — only to then return a bit older and a bit wiser in the Rebels cartoon.
Basically, this is a character introduced in the bonus Star Wars cartoons and continues to jump between shows as her ongoing story stretches across multiple programs! That’s pretty darn cool!
And to make matters even cooler, she’s joining The Mandalorian! This was already a hit show, but now it’s getting this injection of pure Star Wars awesomeness! This is just so damn cool.
Think about it: what’s Mando supposed to do with Baby Yoda? He doesn’t know the Force! So someone has to teach the little dude how to control his power. Perhaps that someone will be…Ahsoka Tano!
Ahsoka Tano taking on Baby Yoda as her own padawan is pretty much the most fan-pleasing thing I can imagine happening in Star Wars. So I am pleased.
Here’s hoping the world doesn’t succumb to a virus apocalypse before we can watch this excellent show again!